Omaha 7 Tucson 2
Key Stats: CF Robertson 3-4, BB; RHP Stauffer 3IP, 4H, 2ER, 1K, 1BB
Tim Stauffer worked three innings in his continuing rehab assignment, giving up a pair of runs on a two-out, two-run homer in the second inning. The righty threw 42 pitches, 25 for strikes, after a five inning start earlier in the week.
At the plate, Tucson managed eight singles and four walks, but couldn’t string them together enough to do much damage. After leaving the bases loaded in the first inning they got one run on a groundout in the fourth. In the fifth, Andy Parrino singled with two men on. Blake Tekotte came around to score, but Danny Robertson was thrown out at the plate. The club never threatened again.
San Antonio 4 Springfield 0
Key Stats: RHP Geer 8IP, 5H, 6K, 0BB; 1B Freiman 2-4, R, RBI;
Josh Geer delivered one of the system’s best pitching performances of the year to claim a victory for San Antonio. The righty threw eight shutout innings, giving up only five singles, including three to former teammate Paul McAnulty. Geer struck out five and didn’t issue a walk.
The Missions offense strung together five singles and a pair of walks to plate four runs in the first inning. The club collected six more hits – all singles – in the contest but couldn’t push another run across. Four Missions had two hits each including Jeudy Valdez whose 2-for-3 with a walk continued a late-season surge. The 22-year-old shortstop is hitting .290 with a 1.008 OPS in August after starting the month barely above the Mendoza line.
Rancho Cucamonga 14 Lake Elsinore 2
Key Stats: DH Medica 1-3, 2B, BB; SS Bisson, 2-4, RBI
A night after they blasted the Quakes, Lake Elsinore had the tables turned on them as Rancho outplayed them in every facet of a 14-2 loss.
Starter Mark Pope was pounded for seven runs, six earned, on eight hits over five innings. The 2011 draftee from Georgia Tech gave up a season-high three home runs, getting shelled for the third time in his last four starts. The righty did strike out a season-high five and did not issue a walk.
At the plate, Tommy Medica’s double was the only extra-base hit on the night. The ersatz-catcher is now one off the league lead with 32 two-baggers on the year. Chris Bisson continued his hot streak with another 2-for-4 night and also swiped his 38th stolen base of the year.
Lefty reliever Jeff Ibarra, working his way back from an injury that put him on the San Antonio disabled list at the end of May, came on in relief and got the only batter he faced. Ibarra was assigned to the Storm roster earlier in the day.
Western Michigan 4 Fort Wayne 3
Key Stats: DH Gallic 2-4, 3B, 2SB; 3B Jones, 2-4, 2 2B; RF Asencio 2-4; RHP Wisler 5IP, 4H, 2ER, 9K, 1BB
Matt Wisler’s nine strikeout performance wasn’t enough as Dayton got to him for a pair of runs in the third inning before earning a come-from-behind win over the the TinCaps bullpen. Wisler, who celebrates his 20th birthday next month, continued his effectiveness in his home state of Ohio with his season-high strikeout total over just five innings as the organization begins to monitor his innings a bit more tightly.
Duanel Jones continued to make more consistent solid contact, knocking a pair of doubles in the game. After carrying a sub-300 slugging percentage through the first half of the season, the 19-year-old third baseman is slugging .400 since the All-Star break in his first year of full-season ball.
Yeison Asencio extended his current hitting streak to six games with a pair of singles. If he continues to play every day through the end of the season, he should collect enough plate appearances to qualify for the Midwest League batting crown.
Eugene 17 Tri-City 6
Key Stats: CF Smith 3-5, HR, Sac; 2B Tissenbaum 3-5, BB; C Dall 2-5, 2B, 3B, BB
The Emeralds collected season highs in runs and hits as they jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first inning and just kept going against the Dust Devils.
Centerfielder Mallex Smith made his Northwest League debut a memorable one, going 3-for-5 with his second professional homer. A fifth-round pick out of junior college this year, Smith earned his promotion with a .344/379/417 line over 25 games in the desert. Smith, 19, may have the best speed in the system. He began hitting left-handed in high school to take advantage of the weapon more effectively.
Catcher Rodney Daal continued his impressive sophomore season stateside, going 2-for-5 with a double and triple. The 18-year-old from Amsterdam has hit .350 since coming back to the Emeralds at the end of July and has an OPS over 800 in 12 games.
The AZL Padres had the night off